Prepare Team is a multiagency specialist team that works with approximately 25-35 pregnant women a year with significant substance misuse issues who are not engaging with mainstream services, it is funded by NHS Lothian, EADP (Edinburgh alcohol and drug partnership) and Edinburgh council.
The initial group was based on the mainstream antenatal classes, which providing 4 sessions during the pregnancy, with meetings held at the Serenity cafe. The group is now based at Westerhailes Healthy living centre and has developed (as a result of client feedback) into an 8 week programme, with a follow on postnatal group, incorporating baby massage.
The new project is proposing to join up the Prepare for parenting programme with a Smart recovery group (facilitated by the charity, Lifeline) designed for pregnant women and young parents. Smart recovery groups are peer led relapse prevention support groups.